Last Known Gay Jewish Holocaust Survivor Passes Away

The last known gay Jewish survivor of the Holocaust has passed away. Gad Beck was an anti-Nazi Zionist resistance fighter who would have turned 89 this week. He once took on the disguise of a Hitler Youth uniform to rescue his lover Manfred Lewin from a deportation center, but Lewin refused to abandon his family. Known for his wit, Beck once said, “The Americans in New York called me a great hero. I said no… I’m really a little hero.” He is survived by his partner of 35 years, Julius Laufer.